Attorney Licensee Profile
Stuart Reid Crymes #56819
License Status: Inactive
Address: Workers Comp Appeals Bd, 1880 N Main St 1FL, Salinas, CA 93906-2204
County: Monterey County
Phone Number: (831) 443-3068
Fax Number: Not Available
Email: Not Available
Law School: UC Hastings COL; San Francisco CA
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December 24, 1997
STUART REID CRYMES [#56819], 51, of San Francisco was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on two years of probation with a 60-day actual suspension, and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect Dec. 24, 1997.Crymes stipulated to misconduct in an overbilling case. In the late 1980s, Crymes was a 50 percent partner and president of a law corporation. Over the course of three years, unbeknownst to Crymes, his partner ordered a billing clerk to increase charges to clients by amounts that totalled more than $1.3 million. For example, time charges attorneys listed in time sheets were increased; clients were billed for paralegal, secretarial and law clerk time, despite the firm’s policy of not doing so; and a flat 15 percent of the total bill was added for out-of-pocket charges. The firm charged clients for more than 9,000 hours of secretarial work at the billing rate it charged for attorneys. Although Crymes was unaware of the billing scheme, he stipulated that as president of the firm, he should have known about it and committed gross negligence. The law firm pleaded no contest in federal court last year to 12 counts of mail fraud. Crymes currently is making restitution of $125,000 to clients. In mitigation, he practiced law since 1973 without a record of discipline, agreed to pay an insurance company $80,000, and provided 19 character references.
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